Students at Queen’s Grant chosen for music program

Josh Swartzlander, Principal, Queen's Grant High School. (Ed Berti)

Seven Queen’s Grant High School music students where recently selected to attend an all day clinic at Gardner Webb University. The students all met at the school parking lot on October 10th at 6:30 a.m. to take the drive up to the campus of the university.

The program is available to students who have shown music ability and talent to work with them to assist in their individual development in the performing arts. The students had the opportunity to perform with the renowned clinician and arranger Dr. Susan Davenport for the entire day. This opportunity was extended to students from all over the western part of the state.

There was a concert culminating the day’s work in the evening. “We have a lot of talented students that are great to work with,” said Chad Turner, Director of Music Ensembles at Queen’s Grant.

New Principal, Josh Swartzlander mentioned recently in an interview with this writer. “The school is on the move and our future looks bright. We now have property available to expand our music and arts programs on campus with the purchase of the 7 acre site to build a gymnasium and student performance center. Our aim is to provide a quality education and to enrich a students learning ability.”

The campus is growing and to have this kind of alternative available to parents and students is a positive for the community. The key for growth is to be able to offer the facilities to attract students to the high school along with excellent academic and extra- curricular activity programs including sports and the arts. The school’s goal is to offer the right educational balance in the variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs to enhance the students learning experience.

The students who were chosen to attend the program are Madison Barnes, Abbie Sergel, Jetzbel Pichardo, Caroline Bui, Koyanna Smith, Demya Culp and Lauren Mclendon.




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Ed Berti
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